New online application service for Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

New Online Application Service For Lasting Powers Of Attorney (LPA)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has recently launched an online application service for those wishing to appoint an LPA (Lasting Powers of Attorney).

The web tool has been designed to simplify the process for applicants.  The MoJ are hoping that this will lead to fewer mistakes being made in applications, as nearly 5% of LPA applications are delayed due to errors. Although the information can be entered onto the form online, it still needs to be printed and signed before being submitted however the Government has also announced that it intends to launch a consultation shortly on options to make the process fully digital – so that forms can be submitted online.

The MoJ have stated that the online application process retains all the safeguards needed to protect people’s interests. Users can use the tool themselves or with the help of a third party such as a friend or family member, or a professional such as a solicitor.

Alan Eccles, the Public Guardian, said:

“More and more people are taking the important decision to apply for Lasting Power of Attorney and it is right they receive the best possible service. This online tool is the first step in making the whole system simpler, clearer and faster. We are continually looking to identify further improvements and we will soon be consulting on a fully digital process for creating and registering Lasting Powers of Attorney.”

The new tool can be accessed here.

If you would like to discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney, please feel free to contact SA Legal for free legal advice.